In Istanbul

Istanbul - shoe street

Yes, I am on a week holiday in Istanbul. It is a beautiful place with people with great sense of hospitality.

I’m posting some of my photos on my ‘travel blog’ as usual, so please check them out!

Istanbul posts in my travel blog

Oh, by the way, I was planning on visiting Israel next week, but due to unstable situation here it has been cancelled. I will be in Tokyo from early next week!

Melbourne Skyline

You would know it if you are following my Facebook page or are used to seeing my images from 20 years ago, but I love photographing the dynamic, subtle, graceful and amazing colours that spread across the sky. Here in my apartment just outside of the city of Melbourne, I often photograph the sky above the CBD, from the small light window in my back room. Let me share some of my favourites, some recent, others not so recent works of mine.

stormy sky Saturday 30 June 2012 Continue reading “Melbourne Skyline”

The Knowles Gallery: officail launch exhibition

Tony Stephens, a very talented artist I’d known from art markets, has extended an invite to the launch exhibition of a new gallery that was opening up in Prahran. He’d told me that this gallery utilises a large space and there is a dance group next door that can be collaborated into the installation… curious.

Rather than boring you with my talk, scroll on, and see how the night played out. There were exhibitions by a dozen or so artists on the wall, and then there was the dance group, from The Space: Dance & Arts Centre (in which The Knowles Gallery is hosted), plus Hernán Lopera did a live installation production.

If you are following my Facebook page, you would’ve seen MOST of the images. I think I added one or two back in here from the photos I’d taken (but not selected for posting to Facebook at the time…)

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

Live installation production by Hernán Lopera:

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014
There was a black sheet and a white sheet, formed in a shape of lying persons. It looked like somebody was sleeping underneath, and she (looked pretty skinny so I’d assumed she) would just stretch out and get up, out of the sheets. Then this took place in front of us…

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

And here he is, Hernán Lopera. Love your work, Hernán!

Some poetry on artists and the gallery were presented:

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014
Everyone focuses on one of Tony’s pieces, to which one of the poems was regarding.

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014
In another poem, she took us to our utopia, the ideal place of our creative inspirations…

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014
Tony thanks everyone for their work and participation…

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014
Adam & Deb – two people behind this great space and dance installations.

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014
Tony and Miranda of McDrawn (whose beautiful new works were on display but unfortunately not available for safe this evening due to requirements to exhibit in other exhibitions) – two people I’d had a chance to admire the work of at Blenders Lane night market last summer. You might remember some of my photos capturing them at work.

The Knowles Gallery - offical launch 28 Feb 2014

Please, spread the word about this great gallery space. That, is not what Tony’s girl wanted to keep ‘secret’ down the corridor…
The Knowles Gallery / The Space: Dance & Art Centre

 

Upstairs, 318 Chapel St (enter via Carlton St)
Prahran, Victoria, Australia 3181

http://www.thespace.com.au/theknowles-gallery

A wedding: Miwa & Jun

I had a pleasure of photographing the wedding of this lovely couple.

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

It is funny how things happen sometimes. I was out on Lygon Street one weekend catching up with a friend. The cafe was pretty crowded so when another group came in just behind us, we offered the larger table to them and moved indoors looking for a small table enough for my friend and me. In the end, we ended up coming back to this group so we could share the table.

As it turned out, they were Japanese, and with my friend and I both speak Japanese, we chatted a bit. One person in the other group lives here in Melbourne, and looks after small events and stuff. Oh, my friend here is a musician and I am a photographer… let us know if you need a help. Oh, actually there is a wedding of friends coming up but they haven’t found a photographer yet. And it was only weeks away.

That’s how I got an introduction. I explained the style of my wedding photography, which is the same as my other event photography – documentary snaps. I imagine many couples expect more commercial/fashion shoot style wedding photographer, especially those who ask for pre-wedding shoots (popular in Asian countries – not Japan but seen a lot in other countries). They make saturated colourful images of the couple dressed up in dramatic, romantic setup, with relatively dramatic lighting and composition, and have the images done weeks or months in advance, so that they can be shown at the reception or used in invitational material and a wedding album. That is not what I do. Miwa and Jun had a look at sample images I have in public, on this blog and Facebook page, and agreed that they would be happy with my approach.

We initially discussed a possible 4-hour shoot but turned out to be a full-day work starting from 9:30 in the morning and finishing past 6:30pm. But thanks to some delays and the extra opportunities to shoot in the afternoon light, I was able to take advantage of the warmer late afternoon light for the street shots, which I thought I would have to struggle under the harsh mid day sun. In that sense, we were lucky things did not quite go according to plan and we were both flexible enough to make the best of the fluid nature of the busy day.

Miwa and Jun have kindly given me a permission to share some of the images with you, so here they go…

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

Miwa and Jun wedding 10 February 2014

So there you have it. They are really lovely, relaxed couple, just enjoying their day to the fullest. I’m looking forward to meeting them again, perhaps at another major family event in their life together…

Chinese New Year 2014

Looking for something different from the Chinese New Year I photographed in the last couple of years, I headed to the community of strong Chinese presense – Box Hill.

Chinese New Year 2014 - Box Hill

Chinese New Year 2014 - Box Hill

Chinese New Year 2014 - Box Hill

Chinese New Year 2014 - Box Hill

It was a really hot day. Must have been tough for those who were performing or selling hot food on the street side. The mist-blow fan was quite popular for everyone, as it really cools down the heat you feel on your skin. Even this lady of the event security was enjoying the coolness.

Chinese New Year 2014 - Box Hill

Chinese New Year 2014 - Box Hill

Back in the city, along the casino stood temporary food stands and Chinese gifts. I found my friend Bee swapping her colourful water colour with the charcoal, drawing scrolls of the horse themes.

Chinese New Year 2014 - Bee's painting

Chinese New Year 2014 - Bee's painting

Chinese New Year 2014 - Bee's painting

Chinese New Year 2014 - Bee's painting

Melbourne shows many of its faces, even on a single event like Chinese New Year there are so many ways to celebrate.

Australia Day 2014

The 26th of January is Australia Day. Its origin (landing of European in this continent) may not be all happy story but today it is a day to celebrate the diversity and the happy, friendly spirits that make Australia what it is. A parade is made up of groups representing cultural, ethnical, religious communities. Many people, even if they are not local residents, wear the flag of Australia and walk under the summer sun.

Australia Day 2014
Cora & Ben

Australia Day 2014
Gary

Australia Day 2014
Claudia and her family came from Columbia to visit

Australia Day 2014
It is not the ‘down, down’…

Australia Day 2014
Melbourne is the art capital of Australia, after all. It pulls off with style.

Royal Australian Air Force ‘Roulettes’ put on an amazing acrobatic flight show in the sky at length.

Australia Day 2014

Australia Day 2014

Australia Day 2014

Australia Day 2014

Australia Day 2014

Australia Day 2014
As the sun sets, everyone came to Docklands and sat around in the warm air.

Australia Day 2014

Australia Day 2014

How did you enjoy your Australia Day?

Heat hit Melbourne

forest in the city

The most recent heat wave kept the city hot for a whole week. I have never seen Melbourne’s top temperature hitting 40 degrees every day for 5 days straight! It was pretty tough. We kept indoors as much as possible, went home later when it was cooler (well, some people have air-con unlike me, I suppose…).

How did you handle the heat?

hot afternoon

Those people made the best of it by watching the Australian Open Tennis on the big screen in Federation Square. Skin cancer? You live only once! Well, good luck with your fighting the illness in your middle age, boys and girls.

afternoon

hot afternoon

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hot afternoon

Everything seems to have lost their colours; there was the bright and there was the shadow.

Reading in the dusk

Reading by the water at sunset was probably the best way to enjoy the summer in Melbourne. During the sunny hours, stay in the shade, take a nap, and then when the sun goes down and breeze starts to move the air a bit, head out, walk slow, and enjoy the colours that finally fill the world.

sunset cruise

Melbourne is back to cool again this week. We pulled on wind jacket again, and walked on the sunny side of the street again. But it seems there will be a few more days of warm ones to come. Probably not as hot as it was last week. But the summer is not yet over in Melbourne this year.